Abandoning the Snapdragon sensors of old Pixel A series, the new Pixel 6a now has a Google Tensor chipset just as Pixel 6 and 6 Pro do. That gives the phone quite a bit more power than its rivals, including the fast performance, excellent software features like Magic Eraser and Face Unblur, and 5G support as well. However, the fact of 5G for the Pixel 6a is a bit complicated.
If you purchase an unlocked Pixel 6a from Google Store, that phone will only work with sub-6GHz 5G networks, which is the lowest tier of 5G coverage. The model sold by Verizon does support mmWave in addition to sub-6Hz (including C-band), but it costs $50 more. AT&T confirmed that it would offer both 5G and 5G+ networks for the Pixel 6a, but it’s likely to be over the unlocked $449.
On the flip side, 5G is not one your need to worry about too much. Having the option for 5G is nice, and an unlocked Pixel 6a with sub-6GHz networks will suffice in most cases unless you live in a major city and need the fastest data speeds possible.
There’re also great competitors out there, such as the iPhone SE 2022 (starting price of $429) and Galaxy A53 (starting price of $449), and both of them support 5G. Wait till July to see if Pixel 6a is worth buying, after all, this year’s model looks to be a much more dynamic phone than the competent but disappointing Pixel 5a.
- MADE FOR GOOGLE DUAL CHARGER: Charge both your Pixel phone and Pixel buds efficiently and simultaneously.
- FAST-CHARGING: Qi-certified stand enables you to wirelessly fast-charge your Google phone up to 15W.
- IDEAL VIEWING: View landscape or portrait mode at a 65-degree tilt while charging on the stand.
- CHARGING INDICATORS: White light indicates when device is charging.
- SLEEK & SUBTLE: Modern, unobtrusive design complements any office or living space. The fabric-wrapped, upright charging stand adds a touch of luxury and a rubberized charging pad ensures Qi-enabled accessories don’t slip while charging.